• David Pérez Karmadavis, Al tramo izquierdo (On the Left-Hand Side), 2007

    David Pérez Karmadavis, Al tramo izquierdo (On the Left-Hand Side), 2007

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28 February 2013 - 9 March 2013

The end of Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition, will be marked on Saturday 9 March by a one-day symposium at firstsite. In response to the exhibition, the day offers an opportunity to learn more about issues relating to the island of Hispaniola through presentations on art, literature, human rights, migration and the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

We are delighted that David Pérez Karmadavis will join us from Guatemala via Skype in the afternoon to give a performative presentation involving postgraduate students from the University of Essex.

We are equally pleased to welcome Bridget Wooding, OBE, who will join us in person from the Dominican Republic where she is Coordinator of the Caribbean Migrants Observatory programme (OBMICA), which is jointly supported by the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLASCO) and the Iberoamerican University in Santo Domingo.

From the UK we will hear from Professor Maria Cristina Fumagalli, University of Essex, one of the exhibition’s curators, who is writing a book on the literary history of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Professor Andrew Leak, a specialist in Haitian literature and politics from University College London and Leah Gordon, co-curator of Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou at Nottingham Contemporary. 

Attendance at the symposium is free but we request that you register by emailing escala@essex.ac.uk for the purposes of catering. Morning and afternoon tea and coffee will be provided and we will supply a list of places nearby for lunch, including firstsite’s own café, MUSA.

The day will include an opportunity to view Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition and to see a film produced by firstsite’s Young.Art.Kommunity (Y.A.K.) in response to the exhibition.

The conference will run from 10:15am - 5pm. 

The exhibition has been curated by Dr Sanja Bahun and Professor Maria Cristina Fumagalli from the University of Essex and is a collaboration between ESCALA, Essex Transitional Justice Network and the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Symposium Programme

9:45 - 1:15 Coffee on arrival

10:15 - 11:15 Panel One

Dr Sanja Bahun (Co-Convenor of Essex Transitional Justice Network, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex)
'Art and Politics: Preliminary Remarks'

Professor Maria Cristina Fumagalli (Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex)
'Negotiating the Border: David Pérez Karmadavis and Jean-Philippe Moiseau'

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 Panel Two

Professor Andrew Leak (Department of French, University College London)
'Sweet Micky: The Performance of Power'

Leah Gordon (Artist, Independent Curator, and Division of Art and Design, University of Bedfordshire)
'Exhibiting Haitian art: Kafou (Nottingham Contemporary); In Extremis (Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; Ghetto Biennale (Port au Prince, Haiti), and Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale'

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch break and time to view the exhibition with the Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition Art-in-Context Officer

1:30 - 2:45 Key Note Address

Bridget Wooding (OBE) (Caribbean Migrants Observatory Programme, OBMICA)
'Embrace the hyphen? A case study on statelessness with regard to the Haitian diaspora in the Dominican Republic'

2:45 - 3:00 Comfort break and time to view the exhibition with the Karmadavis Art-in-Context Officer

3:00 - 4:30 Panel Three

Dr Joanne Harwood (Director of ESCALA) Introduction to Panel Three and Film by firstsite's Young Art Kommunity (YAK), inspired by the exhibition

David Pérez Karmadavis video presentation of artworks with English translation

Marina Barsy Janer (School of Philosophy and Art History) and Rasha Alshalabi (Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies) in conversation with David Pérez Karmadavis via Skype followed by questions from students from the University of Essex

4:30 - 5:00 Q & A with all speakers and questions from the audience

5:00 Symposium ends

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